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6:28 am: Our bags are packed and we head out the door to catch our flight to Boca Raton, Florida.

6:32 am: I return to grab the kid’s passports. I’m not sure why. Maybe airport security will ask the girls for ID, maybe our plane will be diverted to Poland, maybe we’ll be the 100th family to check into Continental this morning and win round trip airfare to New Zealand, only redeemable immediately.

Rick is so lucky that he married a girl who is on top of things (like Poland contingency plans).

6:33 am: Get back into the elevator and head downstairs.

6:37 am: Return to the apartment because I’ve forgotten my sunglasses, my regular glasses, an evening purse, a sun hat and a light jacket.

Well, how the hell am I supposed to remember all that crap when I’m handling the whole passport situation?! I can’t do everything around here.

8:45 am: Our Continental flight takes off from Newark airport. After 10 or so minutes, we have not landed in the Hudson River and I take that as a very promising sign that things are going just swell in the cockpit.

But the flight is bumpy and I take a Xanax, which seems to do nothing. Are you suppose to wash that pill down with vodka or something to kick it into gear?

I try to forget about the turbulence by watching “High School Musical” on my computer. Then one of Rick’s colleagues, who happens to be on the plane, comes over to say hello.  Rick is so proud to introduce his wife, who has a mouthful of chips, greasy, salty hands and is completely engrossed in whether Troy will nab the lead in the school play. For the love of Gabriella, don’t tell me what happens. I haven’t finished the movie.

Turns out, the bumpy trip is completely worth it because Boca is so awesomely warm and that night, we go out for Mexican with Rick’s family.

And I mean, we really go all out for Mexican.


I found those hats on my way back from the restaurant’s ladies’ room. Perfectly good hats just hanging on a hook in need of some attention.

I kind of look like a weird, festive witch.

And clearly, there is nothing hotter than your husband in a pink sombrero.


mama bird notes:

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46 Responses to my xanax isn’t working

  • E says:

    You have been in NYC too long–you are wearing black in Boca!  I am pretty sure black is ILLEGAL in Boca.  Now put on a fuschia top and get back to partying.  Have fun!

  • scrappysue says:

    not so much with the hat…lol = is that your sister on the right??? looks like a tonne of fun!  i went to cancun one – would love to see some more of mexico sometime, but italy first!!!

  • KidSafe Mama says:

    And which Mexican restaurant is this? Between you and Wendi I am sure the owners didnt know what hit them!
    have a great time…maybe we can meet this weekend? (I have my relies in too!)

  • Tara says:

    OMG!!!  you guys are too funny!  I can’t wait to call Wendi this morning to tell her how much i love her and Todd’s mexican apparel!!

  • I heart you so.
    1) I totally thought your hat looked like a witch and then read that you did too.
    2) you made me laugh out loud.  Which actually isn’t that hard to do on a Friday morning with a full pot of fresh coffee by me but really!  Great post! 

    Glad the birds didn’t get you down.  get it?  Like on the plane?  In the Hudson?  GET IT?!?

  • wendi says:

    I’ve gotten a bunch of calls this am from fans who want to see you while in Florida.  I could hook u up with a gig at the Hard Rock,  sans sombrero!

  • francine Kasen says:

    Good thing Rush Limbaugh wasn’t at the restaurant! ! He would have had you all rounded up and shipped back “home” for being a bunch of renegade criminal elements! Looks like fun!!  Enjoy the weather cuz I JUST took my dog out for a walk around my house and slipped right on my ass on the far side where I would have NOT been “found” until the Spring thaw! My hip hurts. My hand is scraped, and I can’t wait to see the bruises when I get undressed tonight! XXX Franny

  • jean says:

    Love the hat…Your timing is perfect-for getting out of town; I don’t know about you in NY but this has got to be the worst winter, so far, in Michigan in quite a while!  Two trips to different  places southernmost during what I thought I would be missing the two worst weeks of the winter!  But, no, I come back for more of the same…did I mention I don’t like winter?!  Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year.

  • kerry barlas says:

    bring on the visor!  🙂  love you and have a great time in boca.  it is so wintery and yucky here, this CA girl is craving FL and i am so not a FL person.

  • Erin says:

    enjoy the nice warm weather there. it is warm there, right?  I just watched HS Musical this week while ironing.  I feel better that I’m not the only 30 something out there watching a movie about HS students. 🙂

  • MN Mama says:

    Looking at the pictures I am almost speechless.  Wow!  Enjoy the warm weather.  We woke up to minus four this morning.  If we do not get above freezing tomorrow, it will the fourth January in history that we have not broken the freezing mark.  I will probably be mad if we do get above freezing because I feel like we earned a place in history for this January.  Ugh!  It is only the end of January.  Anyway, enjoy Florida friend!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    What is so nice is that your entire family supports you and your blogs; by posing and happily so to be part of your Mama Bird Diaries…Unless of course half of them are hiding under the restaurant table.  Good to know  you’re in the sunshine and warmth of Fla., I just got home from 2 months there; and have returned to Springtime in Calif.   Survey says 50% of the population here would like to live someplace else than where they now live.  I can certainly understand that…

  • TRACI says:

    Wha?  Your ‘script doesn’t say to chew and lick the grime outta your molars?  Or ‘In Case Of Emergency crush and snort’?

    I mean, mine don’t either…

  • Oz says:

    The light jacket was also important in the event of Poland.  You would’ve needed all those layers.

    I’m glad you rescued those hats from a boring life of wall hanging.  You probably made their year. 

  • Suzie says:

    LOVE the sombreros! Viva la Boca! Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Can they make you a margarita on the airplane home? That might be worth calling about…

  • amy says:

    I really gotta try that xanax, I keep hearing wonderful things about it. But usually tequila does the trick. Too bad I can’t sneak on a flask in a few weeks when I fly with the brood. Damn airport security!

  • Lanie says:

    Rick really looks like Dylan in that picture.  I am not sure if it is the scarf or the sombrero. . . Tienes un buen viaje en Boca, chica.   Posto grande (I need more sleep) xoxox

  • calikim says:

    Just logged on to read your latest entry while watching 20/20. The topic….a serial killer in Boca Raton. Please don’t be driving a black SUV while you are there, and DON’T go to the mall!!!!

  • calikim says:

    Oh, by the way, I know realize your children get their eclectic fashion taste from your hubby with the incredible fashion sense. Simply fabulous dahling!!!

  • ella says:

    I get so frustrated planning a trip! I have to pack for 4 and my Dh packs for 1. then when I’ve forgotten something, all I get is crap for it!
    Enjoy your vay-cay and I hope no one forgot anything…

kelcey kintner